Jaguar XK 120: The re­mark­able story of JWK 651 £30

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

It all looked to be go­ing so well for JWK 651 at the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hours, when a bro­ken clutch forced its retirement with less than three hours left in the race. It was more suc­cess­ful at the Au­to­drome de Li­nas-Montl­héry that year where, driven by Les­lie John­son and Stir­ling Moss, the car av­er­aged a speed of 107.46mph, cov­er­ing a dis­tance of just over 2570 miles in a 24-hour pe­riod. In 1951, John­son was back for a sec­ond at­tempt, driv­ing solo, and this time set a record speed of 131.83mph for one hour, in­clud­ing a fastest lap of 134.43mph. The XK 120 was one of six com­pe­ti­tion cars pre­pared by Jaguar and its mo­tor­sport his­tory makes for great read­ing in this sec­ond vol­ume in the Ex­cep­tional Car se­ries. Both text and il­lus­tra­tions are first class, build­ing a real feel for this mag­nif­i­cent ma­chine. There’s a look at how its five brothers fared too, plus chap­ters deal­ing with its road years and sub­se­quent re­turn to rac­ing. JWK 651 is back to 1950 Le Mans spec now and still looks as im­pres­sive as ever. David Brown

Author: Chas Parker & Philip Porter

Pub­lisher: Porter Press (www.porter­press.co.uk)

ISBN 978-1-907085-56-7

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